Transitioning Together ~ This Week!

Jun 16, 2015 by

Transitioning Together ~ This Week!

Get ready for community conversations on greater resiliency — starting tonight!

Tina Clarke, an internationally known community resilience consultant and Transition Trainer from Boston, will lead a special series of public events June 16-20, 2015, in Port Townsend that are hosted by Local 20/20 and Collective Impact, and co-sponsored by the City of Port Townsend, Firefly Academy Preschool and Thunderbull Productions.

“[T]he foundation of resilience is our relationships with the people in our community,” Clarke asserts.

This is why she has traveled to more than 120 communities in North America and Europe to facilitate conversations about how neighbors can come together to create a stronger community, improve economic well-being, reduce oil dependency, and increase local food production, local energy, local jobs, mutual support, and security—which are all elements of the Transition Towns model.

“Transitioning Together”—as the week of community conversations in Jefferson County is called—promises to be full of imaginative and inspiring ways to engage in your community, and will delve into both the theory and practice of Transition that is helping thousands of communities in the U.S. and around the world. (See below for schedule of events.)

TinaClarke_action_web_croppedClarke is one of four international trainers for the Transition Network, a charitable organization that connects, supports and trains communities as they self-organize around the Transition model.

NOTE:  My family is hosting Tina during her stay, and I had the good fortune to attend an all-day workshop with her on Sunday, so I have some background to tell you she’s a dynamo!

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet her, be inspired, connect with your neighbors, and have fun during “Transitioning Together” week.


Creating a healthy human culture

Ultimately it’s about creating a healthy human culture, one that meets our needs for community, livelihoods and fun. In the face of multiple, complex challenges and change, the grassroots Transition movement is a positive, thoughtful, engaging and effective response that helps people work together to improve their quality of life.

In 2012, Local 20/20 officially joined this network, and Jefferson County’s “Transition Initiative” became No. 111 in the nation and No. 416 in the world. (See my post on this milestone.)

Clarke is certified for consensus decision-making facilitation. With an M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago, she has directed Greenpeace USA’s national citizen Activist Network as well as the Veterans Education Project, and has worked as a consultant with and the Sustainability Institute.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Tina in residence,” says Judy Alexander, one of the Local 20/20 organizers who, along with Kevin Clark, made the initial outreach to Tina Clarke. “Her visit is especially timely because both our City and County are engaged in mandatory updates of our Comprehensive Plans. It is so auspicious that we’re having these ‘town meetings’ with Tina where people can address what they want for our community’s future.” (Read Judy’s June 10 perspective in the Leader.)

The City of Port Townsend is co-sponsoring these events to provide residents with an additional avenue to give input for the ongoing Comprehensive Plan review process.


The week’s schedule

Clarke facilitates all four events, which will be held at the Port Townsend Community Center (620 Tyler St.), except for Wednesday’s session at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (2333 San Juan Ave.). Anyone wanting to help transition their community to greater resilience and gain mutual support is encouraged to attend.

All events are open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted at the door to cover costs. Childcare inquiries should be emailed in advance to

Learn more at, and get updates on the schedule of events at


On Saturday, gleaning coordinator Karen Kastel wants to connect with others who are passionate about food, through the Open Space Marketplace of Ideas.

On Saturday, gleaning coordinator Karen Kastel wants to connect with others who are passionate about food, through the Open Space Marketplace of Ideas.

Tues., June 16, 5:30 p.m., “INTERGENERATIONAL SUMMIT: Envisioning our Future Together.” Bringing together people of all ages who want to connect deeply around creating the community well-being and resilience we want for our future, as we address the likely environmental and economic stressors ahead of us. We will have the opportunity to speak and listen to each other about our concerns, our hopes, and our plans to realize the future community we desire to create together.

Wed., June 17, 6:30 p.m., “How Can Religious and Education Institutions participate in Community Resilience?” All religious traditions and educational groups are welcome, as well as the general public. Held at QUUF, with childcare available onsite.

Thur., June 18, 7:00 p.m., “The Interface between Public Policy and Grassroots Participation.” Join in a conversation to explore ways that citizens, grassroots organizations and local elected officials can work together in a spirit of true democracy to create a community vision and strategies for a more self-reliant and resilient future.

 Sat., June 20, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., “COMMUNITY SUMMIT: Strengthening Well-Being, Increasing Resilience, and Supporting Quality of Life in Jefferson County.” Together we will identify ways to increase community well-being and resilience in Jefferson County, and to expand community conversation and action using an Open Space Marketplace of Ideas. Note: Local organizations will have information tables set up from 1-2 p.m. and the workshop will start promptly at 2 p.m.

See you there!